Henderson’s new commercial building in Central as a vertical gallery: Is it a driving force or a monster in arts?



On March, 2016, the white wall surrounding the construction site of Henderson Land at Queen’s Road Central was doodled by 10 local artists, including the Frog King, Lam Tung Pang, Ho Sin Tung and South Ho. On March, 2018, the so-called “vertical gallery”, H Queen’s was inaugurated at the exact same spot. There are seven art galleries moving into this 24-storey, A-grade commercial building, among which are six international brands with only one local gallery. 


The only local gallery: they’re supportive to let us rent half of the floor.


“I have never thought that there will be only one local gallery at H Queen’s before I moved in.” said Henrietta Tsui-Leung, the co-founder of Galerie Ora-Ora. But she thinks that “being the only one” isn’t her main concern. Such coincidence simply underlines a kind of “Hong Kong atmosphere”, and she explained that it is meaningless to define the localness of a gallery based on their commercial registration, just as it is uncontrollable to be born or become a Hong Konger. She emphasises though the vision of the gallery is never limited to “Hong Kong only”. While the gallery represents artists from Hong Kong, mainland and even Northern Europe, she hopes to demonstrate an elegant, outstanding taste.

March 29, 2018